Housing Spotlight

Going, Going, Gone: DC’s Vanishing Affordable Housing

Rapidly rising housing costs led to a substantial loss of low-cost rental housing in the District over the last decade, yet there was little growth in wages for many residents, which means that rent is increasingly eating away at household budgets. As the District’s high cost of living continues to outpace incomes, more and more […]

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Helping Families Home Roadmap: A Report Card on DC’s Progress in Helping Homeless Families

The District has made improvements to services for homeless families in response to the crisis that occurred last winter, but progress has been uneven and large gaps remain. In April 2014, twenty-five organizations released a community plan – Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District – outlining their recommendations on what DC should do immediately to start […]

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Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District

A high-quality family homelessness system should provide year-round access to decent shelter when it is needed, and sufficient case management and services to help families quickly move from shelter to a safe and stable home. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened for the past several years in DC. Families have been able to enter shelter only when […]

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Of Interest
The District has a variety of affordable housing tools, each serving a specific purpose and each critical to make housing available all along the continuum of affordable housing needs — from homelessness to homeownership — for DC’s low- and moderate-income residents.  Many of these tools have been developed or revived over the past decade and were endorsed by DC’s 2006 Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, which issued a fifteen-year blueprint to create and preserve more affordable housing in the District.

DC Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

DC Local Rent Supplement Program (LSRP)

DC Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF)

Why DC Needs More Affordable Housing — And How We Can Get There (Elevation DC)A Long Way Home (Washingtonian)

The Washington Region Needs Bold Commitments to End the Housing Crisis (David Bowers of Enterprise, in Greater Greater Washington)

Man Who’s Been Homeless 15 Years Gets Apartment, Proves ‘Housing First’ Works  (Huffington Post)